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For general and studious readers alike,
This review is from: The Joy of Work?: Jobs, Happiness and You (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)There are quite a few of the "happiness science" or philosophy reads available for sale at present, I have found that these can be either a little light weight, sort of common sense writ large, or academic, the presentation of research theory with its underpinning statistical evidence.
This book manages a very good middle way between each of these extremes, written by a business journalist and professioner of psychology the expected depth in content is present but the book also has a readable style and pace too.
The book has a contents, outlining the book as follows:-
List of figures and questionnaires;
1. Work and happiness: An unlikely Mix?
2. Why work?
3. Feeling good and feeling bad
4. The Needed Nine Factors
5. What's in a job? 1. Seeking a happy medium
6. What's in a job? 2. When enough is enough
7. It's in your genes as well as your job
8. Come to think about it... happiness is relative
9. Actions as well as words
10. Worth a try?
Appendix: Some further reading
The index is very concise, the appendix for further reading is helpfully broken down by chapter and each chapter is accompanied by endnotes and references. The figures and questionnaires include The Happiness Wheel (which is divided into four sections, enthusiasm, comfort, depression and anxiety with indicative words surrounding its circumference corresponding to each section, for instance Enthusiasm: alert; excited; energetic; enthusiastic; cheerful; elated; glad; pleased) and questionnaires 1. Overall job satisfaction; 2. Feelings at work; 3. Features in your job; 4. What matters to you in a job? and 5. Features in your job. Chapters are structured with the use of subheadings which breaks up the text and allows for greater ease of reading when you are looking for something in particular.
By comparison this book is streets ahead of The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, I would consider it better than the next best book on happiness science and psychology research The Happiness Equation: The Surprising Economics of Our Most Valuable Asset and comparable to the best book available on the topic Happiness is Overrated.
The linking of work and happiness I did not find very surprising because I consider them closely linked, all the evidence for the link and the pivotal nature of work and job satisfaction to happiness is presented in this book. Some of this may appear commonsensical, for instance the purposelessness experienced during unemployment causing unhappiness, however there is a lot of the content which is interesting and the conclusions couldnt be considered innate or necessarily following from experience. There is also some good content, for example how thinking can influence mood and behaviour, which obviously wouldnt be resticted to the workplace.
Recommended to general readers and readers specifically interested in the topic of happiness or work in particular.